Enlarged Liver in Ferrets
Treatment is highly variable and will depend on the underlying cause. Ultimately, the aim is to treat the cause, optimize conditions for liver regeneration, prevent further complications, and reverse the damage caused by liver failure. Because dehydration is commonly associated with hepatomegaly, intravenous fluids are often required for normalizing the ferret's fluid levels. Multivitamins are also given to maintain the healthy levels of vitamins. In case of a tumor, abscess, or cyst, your veterinarian may also require surgical interventions to remove these growths.
Living and Management
You will need to restrict the activity of your pet and allow it to rest and recover comfortably in a cage. If your ferret refuses to eat, it may be more accepting of high-calorie dietary supplements. Warming the food to body temperature or offering via syringe may also increase acceptance. Lastly, restrict you ferret's sodium intake if it suffered from cardiac failure or liver disease, as it may cause fluid buildup in the abdominal cavity.
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
The first part of the small intestine; can be found between the pylorus and the jejunum
A condition in which the liver becomes inflamed
An enlargement of the liver to an abnormal size
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
A medical condition in which the body has lost fluid or water in excessive amounts
The amount of pressure applied by the blood on the arteries.
A localized infection, usually a lesion filled with pus. Can be large or small in size.
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.
Out of proportion or unbalanced; may also be referred to as unsymmetrical.
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
The space in the abdomen that holds the major digestive organs in an animal. Normally referred to as the area between the diaphragm and the pelvis. Also referred to as the peritoneal cavity.
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